Bad Karma: A David Spaulding Mystery, by Mary Wickizer Burgess (trade pb)
California’s burning—way out of control—and arson is suspected. No one has a clue how and why fires are being set off all over the state. David Spaulding, an agent with the FBI, has gone undercover to search for the truth. He becomes acquainted—and fascinated with—Carmen Ruiz, an attractive woman who has just signed on as an arson specialist in training with the California Division of Forestry. Will Dave and his team be able to track down the perpetrator in time to prevent another disastrous burn? Or will evil forces, too strong to control, prevail?